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CBSRMT Episode Information
Title:
Honeymoon with Death
Plot:
Her husband disappears after their return from the honeymoon and the young wife's sister insists that the nuptial was a mere fantasy. She attempts to persuade a cop that her husband was indeed killed.
Episode:
0006
Air Dates:
First Run - January 11, 1974
Repeat - February 27, 1974
Repeat - November 4, 1978
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31 Responses to Episode 0006


A good story that kept me interested the whole time

"She didn't take them, buster. They were given to her--shoved down her throat if you ask me" . . . "That was a real far-out scene you two tried to pull." Love it!

An enjoyable episode. I prefer CBSRMT episodes with supernatural, sci fi elements. But this was pretty good.

Jennifer Brady and her "husband", Howard, have recently returned from a honeymoon. Before long, it's apparent that Jennifer is suffering from perceived delusions. Her sister, Maggie, is concerned and offers assistance when a flatfoot happens upon he scene. The policeman, Ed Helmut, has a bit of "Columbo" in him and before long, he asks the right questions and annoys the story's antagonists. Soon, he couples the answers to his questions with some cunning intelligence to get to the bottom of the story.

Lois Nettleton. I always considered Lois Nettleton as a bit of a babe in her prime. Kind of a minor star in baseball, or the 6th man in basketball. But that was before I listened to Honeymoon with Death. Listening to Lois Nettleton's voice for :30 minutes is enough to drive anyone insane, (ironic considering the plot of this episode). The only way I lasted to the end was because Lois....uuhhh...Jennifer, was put on tranquilizers to keep her quiet for the last half of the story. Then I quickly checked how many episodes that George Lowthar wrote and how many Lois starred in. 7 for Lois and a ton for George. Many more than I would have guessed considering how I felt after listening to this episode. In my humble opinion, Lois + George = 1 star out of 5. And the single star is awarded simply for being a radio drama. (Okay, Teri Keane is worth a couple of stars on her own, but she should have refused a role in this episode, so I am leaving it at 1 star.) Not that I haven't thought at least once throughout my long marriage about how I could drive my wife insane.....I have. But to think that Jennifer would quickly dismiss 1 month of a 'passionate' honeymoon after only a few hours is unbelievable. And to make us sit through a whole episode just to find out how her husband Howard pulled the switcheroo with the help of the adjacent identical brownstone, was cruel....cruel to us the listeners! Even Himan has to be reprimanded for allowing this one to hit the airwaves. (Why he would repeat this episode 2 more times is beyond me.) Am I completely off base here?

A young girl returns from her honeymoon and that very night finds her new husband murdered in their home. As soon as she tries to report the murder to her sister and the police, everything goes haywire and it seems that she may belong in the loony bin.

When A young woman comes home from her "honeymoon" her husband vanishes and her sister tells her the entire marriage was a dream. She tries to convince a young cop that her husband was murdered.

When A young woman comes home from her "honeymoon" her husband vanishes and her sister tells her the entire marriage was a dream. She tries to convince a young cop that her husband was murdered. Strong characters and good acting carry this incredibly contrived script.

A woman returns from her honeymoon and then finds her husband murdered. When she seeks help from the sister she lives with, the sister tells her she has no husband, was never on a honeymoon, and that she is having another one of her spells. Sister and 'husband' are manipulating things to make her think she is insane so they can commit her an claim her part of their father's considerable estate. The involvement of a Columbo-type policeman keeps the plot moving.

Good story. It shows that every episode doesn't have to be a spooky mystery to be good and that some mysteries have a perfectly good explanation.

You'll know when it hits, but it lasts less than a minute and the story doesn't suffer. A fine riff on the movie Gaslight, and a terrific ending.

Excellent episode. Not technically a "whodunit," the crime and the perpetrators are revealed relatively early, but how did they pull it off, and how would you prove the crime even occurred? Very satisfying ending. Not very realistic (victim would have had to have lived in a plastic bubble for the criminals to enjoy the level of success they had), but still an excellent episode. Crime/mystery drama, no supernatural elements.

I think this story is intriguing enough to warrant a listen and since I selected it, I hope all of you find some entertainment from it as well. Jennifer Brady and her "husband", Howard, have recently returned from a honeymoon. Before long, it's apparent that Jennifer is suffering from perceived delusions. Her sister, Maggie, is concerned and offers assistance when a flatfoot happens upon the scene. The policeman, Ed Helmut, has a bit of "Columbo" in him and before long, he asks the right questions and annoys the story's antagonists. Soon, the young policeman couples the answers to his questions with some cunning intelligence to get to the bottom of the story. This play is interesting in that, from the perspective of Jennifer Brady, it must be very confusing to have everything you've thought to be true come into question - to find that everything you see or experience is a figment of your imagination and that others think you are insane. The acting in this play is on par with the excellence we all appreciate in a CBSRMT presentation. Though I didn't hear any significant morals in this play, I was entertained by the writing and think this is a good RMT presentation for someone new to the series.

“Our mystery drama, ‘ Honeymoon with death’ was written especially for the Mystery Theater by Sam Dann. The story line, particularly the mystery, is clever. Some of the “hows” add doubt to poor Jennifer’s story- the wet tub that is dry, the corpse and blood that is not there. The solution is OK, and works because Jennifer is perpetually hysterical. Fortunately she meets up with a police officer that likes the pleading type...or so it seems. This may seem rather a hard view of our suffering lady in light of the fact that she was married and as far as she can tell saw her husband done in. It is a personal thing. Her nasally, about to cry or breakdown voice gets to me. In radio, the voice must carry emotions in such a way that conveys them alone, no physical cues. Our pathetic Jennifer has the emotions poured in and overflowed. And they tend to be pretty much the same emotions...”ooooh oooh”, etc. I also thought officer Ted tried to be cute with some Columbo like lines, “ Hey, you do have a red sports car”....just thought you would like to know you have a 1000 miles more on it than you said, just thought you might like to know”. This was the second or third listening of this episode, I did enjoy them more with the previous listenings. It’s not a bad episode overall, and the creepy Howard and Margaret help quite a bit. If it weren’t for all that whinning.

This one is great! This is a very good example of what makes CBSRMT effective: Plot Twists. Plot twists, not done correctly, are cheap. You see it too often on television. Actors giving winks and nods and behaving very predictably. You believe Jennifer's sister. You want to. No hint is given as to why you shouldn't. The essential elements of a good plot twist are superb acting and good writing. This episode has both. Sam Dann has done it again!

"Her nasally, about to cry or breakdown voice gets to me. In radio, the voice must carry emotions in such a way that conveys them alone, no physical cues. Our pathetic Jennifer has the emotions poured in and overflowed. And they tend to be pretty much the same emotions...”ooooh oooh”, etc. I also thought officer Ted tried to be cute with some Columbo like lines, “ Hey, you do have a red sports car”....just thought you would like to know you have a 1000 miles more on it than you said, just thought you might like to know”. I certainly can appreciate your comments and though the acting didn't affect me negatively in this play, I've had similar comments about the acting in others shows. For me, the acting worked and I found it interesting that we both picked up on the Columbo-isms. I was a Columbo fan so I appreciated the fact that our policeman had an annoying quality that had to bug the people he was pursuing. "You believe Jennifer's sister. You want to. No hint is given as to why you shouldn't." I too WANTED to believe the crooked sister but my faith was shaken when I realized she knew of Howard. Previously, she had denied his existence and then I knew that something was awry. Great comments, both of you. Half the fun of these posts is in seeing how differently we see things.

"Half the fun of these posts is in seeing how differently we see things. I agree, it is a good deal of fun to read the other reviews, when they agree or disagree. Looking forward to more of this.

"When Howard showed up, I first thought he would end up being someone who had hypnotized Jen, leading her to believe what she thought she saw. I hadn't placed any blame on the sister at all." Original thinking! I hadn't even considered the hypnotized angle at all. Now that I hear this thought, I wish I had. Further, this thought would have made for a different, but equally interesting play. I'm also looking forward to the next play - participation in the show of the week is a great deal of fun.

just reading the title i knew something was up and being cbsrmt i knew i couldn't take things at face value. the twists were good. i almost didn't want to believe the wife because she annoyed me. it did seem a bit much to go through just to make someone look crazy. all in all i liked it.

The episodes that take ahold of the listener do so because the character is believable and likable ( or despised ) but in some sense significant. When they are ridiculous then the weight of the story equals fluff...In me opinion.

I find myself in eager anticipation of the next show to review.

One of the most interesting RMTs I have heard. I listen to this one often.

in a lot of episodes, the characters are somewhat unbelievable. Many of them are too good, or resemble Snidely Whiplash. But it's radio drama and those actors have to convey a lot their stage and screen bretheren do not because all they have is their voice. Sometimes, though, it gets a bit out of hand, I'll have to agree with you.

I hadn't listened to "Honeymoon with Death" before and found it to be pretty interesting. The twist ending at the end wasn't what I was expecting. I felt the author did an excellent job at misleading the listener, drawing premature conclusions and then busting them up. When Howard showed up, I first thought he would end up being someone who had hypnotized Jen, leading her to believe what she thought she saw. I hadn't placed any blame on the sister at all. The cop was a little too helpful to be realistic, but otherwise it wouldn't have worked out the way it did. I thought it was an excellent choice for the Show of the Week! Great idea by the way.

The first portion of one copy I have is terrible but I've also got a very clean copy of this play. Just let us know your streamload account and we'll send it to you.

I had heard this play before and thought it was good enough to recommend it. In fact, I'm looking for a few good shows to give to friends so they get a feel for the CBSRMT. Charlie's initial recommendation, The 36th Man, and this presentation, Honeymoon with Death, are two very different plays that give us at least two bounds of Sam Dann's ability. I have no idea if Mr. Dann is alive today, but I do believe he was a brilliant radio writer.

I love the commercial with Himan Brown soliciting comments on the "new" series that appears about 35:00 into the copy of the program that I have. I will try to cut that out and make it available for download. I have not heard this program before - and a good one it is! Great story line, easy to listen to, easy to stay with it without confusing the characters or what is happening. The setup to make us think that Jennifer is crazy is convincing. Of course the presence of the police officer (Lt. Colombo style) is proof otherwise. 42 minutes in, I find that I am still wonering what Maggie and Howard are up to. What is the purpose of all this? Ahh, money. Surprise, surprise. But, it is a little far-fetched to think that someone would actually go on a fake honeymoon all the way across the country to set up someone as being crazy. Plus, there would have to be a previous relationship before someone actually got married. Complex it is! Seems there would be easier ways to drive someone buggy than that. But hey, it takes that to make a good program. All in all, a great program and the suspense continues to the end.

This episode was a little bit on the bland side, and the sound quality was below average. If I were you, I might skip it and try another episode...there are loads of much better stories on CBSRMT.

Really good, no... Great! I especially like the way this CBS radio mystery theater promotes good, chivalry - a regular NYC beat cop who rescues a good woman from the clutches of demonic evil. Well done.

A good episode where you don't really know what's going on until about half way through, then you're pulling for the underdog to figure it all out.

There seems to be some confusion about the author.I believe it was George Lowthar.

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